Gorillas, Chimps & Shoebill Storks of Uganda with Dr. Mark Brazil
July 27 – August 10, 2020

Overview:

Join Naturalist Guide, Dr. Mark Brazil in Uganda as he leads 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 in Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest Area, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Natural Park. A recent census conducted found a minimum of 604 mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes and 400 living in the only other population in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This journey offers an unbelievable experience you won’t want to miss, to be up and close with the critically endangered mountain gorillas!

Brief Itinerary:
Day 01:Arrive to Entebbe. Meet & Greet and transfer to Karibu Guest House for a welcome dinner and overnight, HB basis.
Day 02: Matamba Wetlands by motorized canoe. Botanical Gardens Visit. Overnight at Karibu Guest Lodge, FI basis.
Day 03:Drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Overnight at Baker’s Lodge, FI basis.
Day 04: Game drive to the top of the falls in Murchison Falls National Park. Overnight at Baker’s Lodge, FI basis.
Day 05: Delta boat trip & game drive in Murchison National Park, Overnight at Baker’s Lodge, FI basis.
Day 06: Game drive & launch trip to bottom of the falls in Murchison National Park. Overnight at Baker’s lodge, FI basis.
Day 07: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park. Overnight at Ndali Lodge, FI basis.
Day 08: Chimp Trekking in the Kibale Forest. Overnight at Ndali Lodge, FI basis.
Day 09:AM swamp walk in Bigodi. Traditional Ugandan Lunch. PM Queen Elizabeth National Park. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge, FI basis.
Day 10: AM Queen Elizabeth National Park. PM Kazinga Channel. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge, FI basis.
Day 11: AM Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park onwards to Ishaha region. Overnight at Ishaha Wilderness Camp, FI basis.
Day 12: AM Game drive via Ishaha region to Bwindi National Park. Overnight at Silverback Lodge, Fi basis.
Day 13: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Overnight at Silverback Lodge, Fi basis.
Day 14:Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Overnight at Silverback Lodge, Fi basis.
Day 15:Fly to Entebbe. Transfer & Day room use at Protea Hotel. Depart for home.

Basis of Accommodation-
B&B – Bed & Breakfast Basis = breakfast included with stay, lunch & dinner on own account
HB – Half Board Basis = breakfast & dinner included with stay, lunch on own account
FB – Full Board Basis = breakfast, lunch & dinner included with stay
FI – Fully Inclusive Basis = Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner and all game drives included with stay

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

Gorillas, Chimps & Shoebill Storks of Uganda with Dr. Mark Brazil
July 27 – August 10, 2020

Day-by-day Itinerary:

Day 01 – Saturday, July 27, 2020 – 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 Half board basis. Settle in and meet your tour leader, Dr. Mark Brazil and travelers for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 02 – Sunday, July 28, 2020 – Mabamba Wetlands by Motorized Canoe. Botanical Gardens – Overnight at Karibu Guest House
After breakfast at your guest house (included), you will be met and privately transferred to a morning Mabamba Wetlands excursion by motorized canoe in search of shoebill storks. Enjoy a visit to the botanical gardens in the afternoon before being returned to Karibu Guest House for dinner and overnight, fully inclusive basis.

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.

Day 03 – Monday, July 29, 2020 – Murchison Falls National Park – Overnight at Baker’s Lodge
This morning after breakfast at our guesthouse, we will drive approx. 6 hours 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, fully inclusive basis.

Day 04 – Tuesday, July 30, 2020 – 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. 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, on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 05 – Delta Boat Trip & Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park – Overnight at Baker’s Lodge
This morning we go for a private Delta boat trip which is the best place in Uganda to spot the Shoebill Storks. We will then have a 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, fully inclusive basis.

Day 06 – Thursday, August 01, 2020 – Game Drive and Launch Trip to bottom of the falls in Murchisson National Park – Overnight at Baker’s Lodge
Enjoy a morning game drive in Murchisson National Park before taking a launch trip which takes you along the Nile to the bottom of the falls. Overnight at Baker’s Lodge, on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 07 – Friday, August 02, 2020- 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 on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 08 – Saturday, August 03, 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 09 – Sunday, August 04, 2019 – AM swamp walk in Bigodi. Traditional Ugandan Lunch. PM Queen Elizabeth National Park – Overnight at Mweya Safari 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 Mweya Safari Lodge, fully inclusive basis.

Day 10 – Monday, August 05, 2020 – AM Queen Elizabeth National Park. PM Kazinga Channel – Overnight at Mweya Safari 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 Mweya Safari Lodge, FI Basis.

Day 11 – Tuesday, August 06, 2020 – 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 12 – Wednesday, August 07, 2020 -Overnight at Silverback 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 localized 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 Silverback Lodge, on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 13 – Thursday, August 08, 2020 -Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Overnight at Silverback 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 Silverback Lodge, on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 14 – Friday, August 09, 2020 – Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Overnight at Silverback 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 15 – Saturday, August 10, 2020 – Fly to Entebbe, Transfer & day room Use at Protea Hotel, 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 transfer to Protea Hotel for a day room use before transferring back to Entebbe airport to connect with your international flight home.

Please note: Luggage allowance is 15kgs. Per person and body weight limit is 85kg per person)

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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Gorillas, Chimps & Shoebill Storks of Uganda with Dr. Mark Brazil
July 27 – August 10, 2020

What to Expect

Trekking in search of mountain gorillas is a strenuous activity. This challenging hike through the rain forest to locate the gorillas usually takes between two and five hours, but it can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as eight hours (on infrequent occasions, we’ve had a few treks take even longer than that). Travelers must be prepared for a full day outside in humid or occasionally rainy conditions, as the exact distance to locate the gorillas is impossible to determine ahead of time. The terrain is often uneven as we traverse the forest floor and usually involves a gradual ascent, but we will travel at a pace to accommodate all hikers with a designated porter to assist each traveler. Travelers are not required to participate in all activities and are welcome to forego any portion of the trip program, but in order to take full advantage of the itinerary, and in order to view the primates, guests must be able to participate in the hikes. Travelers should be aware that if they turn around due to fatigue, illness or any other reason, the remainder of the group, including the Expedition Leader, will go on. The returning traveler will be escorted by a local guide.

Additionally, this trip involves long hours sitting in a vehicle during transfers and sometimes bouncing around on rough roads during wildlife drives. While we don’t consider such conditions strenuous, they can post a physical demand on the body. All travelers must be able to climb into and out of our raised 4×4 safari trucks. Travelers must also be able to walk to and from our safari camp accommodations. Safari accommodations and vehicles are not climate controlled and, depending on the seasonality, temperatures can range from quite cold to extremely hot, so it is critical that travelers come prepared. We recommend that travelers have an adventurous spirit, as you will often enjoy the closest animal encounters.

Gorillas, Chimps & Shoebill Storks of Uganda with Dr. Mark Brazil
July 27 – August 10, 2020

Rates:

July 27 – August 10, 2020

Safari Package Rate:
$12,450.00 Approx. per person sharing based on 5 Travelers with Mark in 1 x7-seater vehicle
$13,250.00 Approx. per person sharing based on 4 Travelers with Mark in 1 x5-seater vehicle
$14,975.00 Approx. per person sharing based on 3 Travelers with Mark in 1 x5-seater vehicle

$1,880.00 approx. per person Supplement for Single Accommodations

The Safari package rate includes 2 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 included in Safari Package Rate
$600 per person for optional 2nd Gorilla Trekking Permit

Scheduled/Domestic Air Rate: $460 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.

– Aug 10: 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.

Included:

– All accommodations as per itinerary
– Day Room use at Protea Hotel on 10Aug
– All excursions as stated in your chosen itinerary, which includes all park fees and taxes
– All Gratuities
– Tour Leader, Dr. Mark Brazil
– 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
– 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
– 2nd Gorilla Trek Permit

Booking Process

In order to secure and confirm your trip with Africa Easy, a 20% per person credit card deposit plus full
payment for flights within Africa (if applicable) are required. Also, at this time we will ask you to complete
an Africa Easy Reservation Form and sign our Terms & Conditions.

Once you are ready to confirm your booking with Africa Easy, you will receive two emails from DocuSign,
one with an Africa Easy Reservation Form & Terms and Conditions and one with an Africa Easy Credit Card Authorization Form. These forms are to be completed online through DocuSign and will automatically be sent to Africa Easy for processing.

Shortly after your credit card has been charged, you will be sent an Africa Easy Invoice and a Booking
Confirmation email, which will include travel insurance information and pre-departure information to assist
you in preparing for your trip.

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

Gorillas, Chimps & Shoebill Storks of Uganda with Dr. Mark Brazil
July 27 – August 10, 2020

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.


July 27 - August 10, 2020