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11 Days
Availability : Jan 1’ - Dec 31’
Entebbe
Uganda, Entebbe, Kampala, Kibale, Semuliki, Bwindi
Min Age : 21+
Max People : 200

10 Day, Uganda tour, for African Golden Cat and Other Mammals

Embark on a remarkable 10-day wildlife expedition in Uganda, where the elusive African Golden Cat takes center stage. Explore the enchanting Kibale National Park, known for its primate diversity and reliable sightings of the Golden Cat. Journey to Semuliki National Park to encounter rare West African species, and venture into the mist-covered Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for an unforgettable Gorilla tracking experience. Discover the magic of Uganda’s untamed landscapes and diverse wildlife on this captivating journey.


Locations

  1. Mabamba Swamp
  2. Kibale National Park
  3. Semuliki National Park
  4. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  5. Lake Mburo National Park

Tour Duration

10 Days

Pickup / Drop off Offer

From Entebbe International Airport

Price Includes

  • Harrier Tours Leader and local guides
  • 10 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels and lodges
  • All main meals
  • All excursions, entry fees and permits

Price Excludes

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Insurance
  • Drinks, airport meals/snacks and other items of a personal nature.

What to Expect

Embark on an extraordinary wildlife expedition through Uganda’s diverse landscapes, with the magnificent African golden cat as the star of the show. Encounter this elusive feline, along with other iconic African animals such as zebras, hippos, and giraffes, on thrilling game drives and boat safaris. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage, witness the majestic long-horned Ankole cows, and marvel at the stunning undulating hills and valleys. Trek through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to meet the gentle mountain gorillas, and discover the unique flora and fauna of the national parks. With warm hospitality, delicious cuisine, and knowledgeable guides, this journey promises to create cherished memories of encounters with Uganda’s most captivating wildlife, including the rare and enchanting African golden cat.


Location Highlights:

  1. Shoebill Encounter in Mabamba Swamp: Seek out the elusive and prehistoric-looking shoebill, capturing a rare sighting of this iconic bird species.
  2. African Golden Cat in Kibale National Park and optional Chimpanzee Tracking: Witness the playful antics and complex social dynamics of chimpanzees as you venture deep into the lush forests.
  3. Exploring the Mystical Semuliki Forest: Enter a realm of lowland tropical forests and discover rare bird species, Unique and rare primates; Dent’s Mona Monkey, Semuliki Colobus, Uganda Grey-cheeked; experience the hot springs
  4. Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Mubwindi Swamp: Stand face-to-face with these gentle giants and create cherished memories in the presence of these magnificent creatures.

Target species:

African Golden Cat, Chimpanzee, Shoebill, Gorilla, Semuliki Colobus

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Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to Airport guest house.

Entebbe is Uganda’s charming gateway! As you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, the anticipation for your incredible journey begins. Located on the shores of Lake Victoria, Entebbe is a city with a rich history and a vibrant atmosphere. After your arrival, we will transfer you to the comfortable Airport Guest House, where you can relax and unwind.

For the early arrivals, we will take the opportunity to explore Entebbe’s captivating attractions. The Entebbe Botanical Gardens offer a tranquil sanctuary, with beautiful gardens filled with exotic plants and an abundance of birdlife which we will explore.

Another highlight that we could visit is the Uganda Wildlife Education Center, also known as Entebbe Zoo. This renowned conservation center is dedicated to protecting and rehabilitating Uganda’s wildlife. Get up close to a variety of animals, including lions, elephants, and giraffes. Engage in educational programs and learn about the importance of wildlife conservation.

Day 2: Mabamba swamp later transfer to Kibale National Park,

Rise and shine! Day 2 of your remarkable journey begins with an exhilarating early morning adventure in the captivating Mabamba Swamp. Known as a birdwatcher’s paradise, Mabamba Swamp offers an incredible opportunity to witness an array of avian wonders in their natural habitat.

As the sun starts to paint the sky with its first rays of light, we venture into the swamp accompanied by experienced birding guides who possess an intimate knowledge of the area. Keep your binoculars ready and your senses alert, for the Mabamba Swamp is renowned for its diverse birdlife, including some rare and elusive species.

One particular highlight of Mabamba Swamp is the chance to encounter the legendary Shoebill, an enigmatic and prehistoric-looking bird that captivates all who lay eyes upon it. As we navigate the tranquil waters, we’ll search for this magnificent creature, known for its unique appearance and captivating behavior. With its large, distinctively shaped bill and tall stance, the Shoebill is a true marvel of the avian world.

But the magic of Mabamba Swamp extends far beyond the Shoebill. The swamp is teeming with a plethora of bird species, including African Jacanas gracefully walking on lily pads, colorful Malachite Kingfishers darting over the water, and African Fish Eagles soaring through the sky. Keep an eye out for the African Purple Swamp Hen, the Papyrus Gonolek, and the White-winged Warbler among many others, as they fill the air with their melodious calls and vibrant plumage.

After an exhilarating morning of birdwatching, we bid farewell to Mabamba Swamp and embark on a scenic journey to the renowned Kibale National Park. As we travel, immerse ourselves in the ever-changing landscapes of Uganda, from lush green fields to rolling hills, as the country’s natural beauty unfolds before your eyes.

Stay at Guereza Canopy Lodge

Day 3 to Day 6: African Golden Cat and Other mammals at Kibale National Park

Over the next four unforgettable days, we delve into the lush tropical rainforest in search of the elusive African Golden Cat and an abundance of other captivating mammals.

Kibale National Park has earned a well-deserved reputation as the most reliable place to encounter the African Golden Cat. Through successful visual sightings and camera traps, this enigmatic feline has been observed within its territorial boundaries. To maximize your chances of spotting this elusive creature, we recommend spending several nights in Kibale National Park. The other location is Ruhija in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, however we recommend less days in that area. Our expert guides, equipped with their extensive knowledge and keen eyes, will lead the way as we venture deep into the rainforest in search of this magnificent cat.

However, the African Golden Cat is just one of the many treasures that await you in Kibale National Park. This tropical rainforest is renowned for its remarkable concentration of primates, making it a prime destination for primate enthusiasts. Prepare to be enthralled as you encounter habituated Chimpanzees, an extraordinary opportunity to witness their playful behavior and observe their intricate social dynamics up close. As you explore the forest, you may also encounter Olive Baboons, Uganda Mangabeys, Red-tailed Monkeys, Ashy Red Colobus Monkey, Guereza Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, and many more intriguing primate species.

But Kibale National Park’s diversity extends beyond primates. The forest is teeming with a rich variety of mammals that roam its depths. Keep your eyes peeled for Side-Striped Jackals, Serval Cats, African Civet Cats, African Palm Civets, Large-Spotted Genets, and various species of bats and rodents that inhabit this mesmerizing ecosystem.

At the edge of Kibale National Park lies the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a haven for nocturnal primates and a sanctuary for numerous other mammal species. Here, in the tranquil wetland habitat, you may have the opportunity to spot Eastern Pottos, Demidoff’s Galagos, and Thomas’s Galagos as they emerge under the cover of darkness. The sanctuary also hosts African Giant Shrews, Lord Derby’s Anomalures, Marsh Mongooses, and an array of other fascinating mammals, creating an immersive experience in the nocturnal wonders of the park.

As each day unfolds in Kibale National Park, you will be immersed in a captivating world of wildlife, where every step brings you closer to extraordinary encounters. With the guidance of our experienced team and their unwavering passion for the natural wonders of this rainforest, you are bound to witness unforgettable moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Prepare yourself for an adventure like no other as we venture deeper into Kibale National Park, a sanctuary of diverse mammals and the quest for the majestic African Golden Cat. This is your opportunity to uncover the hidden treasures of Uganda’s wilderness and be part of an extraordinary wildlife journey that will leave you in awe of nature’s wonders.

Day 7:  Primate Walk in the nearby Semuliki National park

Get ready for an exhilarating day as we embark on an early morning adventure to Semuliki National Park. Equipped with packed lunches and ample water supplies to sustain us throughout the day, we set off with excitement and anticipation. Remember to bring insect repellent, as it will be essential for a comfortable exploration.

Nestled in the picturesque Albertine Rift valley, northwest of the majestic Ruwenzori Mountain, Semuliki National Park unveils its awe-inspiring beauty. This enchanting park represents an extension of the renowned Ituri Forest in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The flora and fauna of Semuliki showcase strong affinities with the captivating forests of the Congo basin, making it a premier destination in Uganda for encountering a multitude of rare West African species that are not easily found elsewhere.

With the break of dawn, we begin our expedition, fueled by a delightful early breakfast. As the sun’s golden rays illuminate the landscape, we venture deep into the heart of Semuliki National Park, immersing ourselves in its diverse ecosystems. Our expert guides lead the way, sharing their extensive knowledge and keen insights, ensuring an unforgettable wildlife experience.

One of the highlights of Semuliki National Park is the opportunity to encounter an array of fascinating mammals. Keep your eyes peeled for the striking Semuliki Red Colobus, the charismatic Uganda Mangabey, and the elusive De-Brazza’s Monkey. Marvel at the agile movements of the Velvet monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, and L’Hoest’s monkeys as they traverse the treetops. The park is also home to Olive Baboons, Guereza Colobus monkeys, and Dent’s Mona Monkeys,  offering a diverse and captivating primate experience.

In addition to its remarkable mammal diversity, Semuliki National Park is renowned for its impressive hot springs. These natural wonders create a truly unique attraction, with water that boils at temperatures reaching a scorching 100 degrees Celsius. Witnessing the power of nature as steam billows from these hot springs is a sight to behold, adding a touch of awe-inspiring beauty to our exploration.

Overnight at Guereza canopy Lodge

Day 8: Unveiling the Wonders of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Our journey takes us to the captivating Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a jewel nestled in the southwestern region of Uganda, on the edge of the majestic rift valley. As we approach this natural wonder, we are greeted by mist-covered hillsides adorned with one of Uganda’s oldest and most biodiverse rainforests, dating back over 25,000 years.

Bwindi Forest, with its enigmatic name, lives up to its reputation as a realm of awe-inspiring beauty and biological richness. This pristine rainforest is home to a remarkable array of species, many of which are found only in the Albertine Rift, spanning Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. Prepare to be enthralled by the majestic Mountain Gorillas, the elusive Yellow-backed Duikers, the captivating Black-fronted Duikers, and the charismatic Chimpanzees that call this extraordinary forest their home.

Arriving in the late afternoon, we take a moment to rest and rejuvenate, eagerly anticipating the evening’s adventure. As the sun begins its descent, we embark on an exhilarating search for the highly elusive African Golden Cat, known to inhabit this remarkable landscape. With our expert guides leading the way, we navigate the forest in the dusky hours, tuned in to the sights and sounds of the wilderness. Every step taken brings us closer to the enigmatic African golden cat, a creature of unparalleled beauty and mystery.

The allure of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park extends beyond the African golden cat. As we explore this mesmerizing forest, we are serenaded by a chorus of bird songs, some of which are found nowhere else but in this region. Marvel at the vibrant colors and melodious tunes of these endemic avian species, as they flit and flutter among the ancient trees. Bats, too, grace the twilight hours, their graceful flights adding an air of enchantment to the evening’s exploration.

As the day draws to a close, we find solace and comfort at the renowned Trekker’s Tavern Lodge, our haven in the heart of this untamed wilderness. Nestled amidst nature’s embrace, we reflect on the day’s encounters, relishing the memories of our remarkable journey. Tomorrow holds even more discoveries, and we eagerly anticipate the adventures that await us in this enchanting land.

Day 9: Unleashing the Magic of Primate Walk and Optional Gorilla Tracking

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary day of adventure as we embark on a primate walk in the captivating Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. For those seeking the pinnacle of wildlife encounters, today offers an optional Gorilla tracking experience that promises to be truly unforgettable.

Our day begins with an early start, gathering for a comprehensive briefing at 7 am. Here, we receive essential information to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey into the heart of the gorilla’s realm. As we set off, we are filled with anticipation, aware that the duration of our trek could range from 2 to 8 hours, depending on the gorillas’ movements since they were last observed the previous night. To enhance your comfort, porters are available to assist in carrying your equipment and personal belongings.

As we venture uphill through the dense foliage of Bwindi, we enter a realm that transcends ordinary adventures. It is a realm where time seems to stand still, and the veil between humans and our primate relatives is lifted. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the intimate lives of the magnificent Gorilla families that call this forest sanctuary their home. Drawing closer to these gentle giants, we witness their casual flocking play, a heartwarming display of familial bonds. Adults gracefully feed and groom while the young ones swing from vines, exuding a sense of joy and freedom.

The encounter with these remarkable creatures is truly awe-inspiring. Every glance, every moment shared with the Gorillas, leaves an indelible imprint on our souls. It is an experience that humbles us, reminding us of the interconnectedness of all living beings and the importance of conservation. In the presence of these majestic creatures, we gain a deeper appreciation for the delicate balance of nature and our responsibility to protect it.

As we embark on this extraordinary adventure, it is essential to come prepared. Ensure you have plenty of water and a packed lunch to sustain you throughout the day. Insect repellent, garden gloves, waterproof shoes, light rain gear, and walking poles or sticks will further enhance your comfort and safety during the trek.

Day 10: Explore the Untamed Wonders of Lake Mburo National Park

As the sun rises, we set out on a scenic drive towards Lake Mburo National Park, a captivating sanctuary that boasts a rich tapestry of wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. Along the way, you’ll be captivated by the ever-changing vistas, from rolling hills to vast plains that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Located in Kiruhura District, this extraordinary national park is approximately 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Uganda’s bustling capital, Kampala. Spanning an impressive area of about 370 square kilometers (140 square miles), Lake Mburo National Park is a true haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Prepare to be enthralled as you step foot into a realm teeming with life. The park is home to an impressive variety of wildlife, including graceful zebras, majestic giraffes, regal impalas, and the mighty African buffalo. Keep your eyes peeled for elusive predators such as lions, leopards, and hyenas, lurking in the shadows. The park is also inhabited by an abundance of bird species, with over 300 species gracing the skies, creating a symphony of colors and melodies.

As you venture deeper into the park, you’ll encounter the sparkling jewel that lends its name to this natural wonder – Lake Mburo. This picturesque lake, one of Uganda’s prized treasures, sets the stage for an enchanting backdrop as you immerse yourself in the park’s vibrant ecosystem. Marvel at the sight of graceful hippos lazily basking in the sun, while crocodiles silently glide through the tranquil waters. Let the chorus of water birds serenade you, as they grace the lake’s surface with their elegant presence.

Lake Mburo National Park offers an array of exhilarating activities to make your visit truly unforgettable. Embark on a thrilling game drive, traversing the park’s rugged terrain in search of elusive wildlife. Feel the adrenaline rush as you navigate the wild landscapes, capturing moments that will be etched in your memory forever. Set sail on a captivating boat safari, where you’ll witness the drama of nature unfold before your eyes. Encounter hippos wallowing in the water, crocodiles silently slithering through the depths, and a symphony of colorful bird species dancing above.

For those seeking a deeper connection with nature, indulge in a rejuvenating nature walk, allowing you to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of the wilderness. Discover the intricate details of the park’s flora and fauna, guided by expert rangers who will unravel the secrets of this enchanting ecosystem. Bird enthusiasts will be delighted by the opportunity to spot rare and exotic species, their vibrant plumage illuminating the sky.

Day 11: Farewell to Uganda’s Majestic Wilderness

As our remarkable Uganda Safari draws to a close, we embrace the final day of our adventure with a mixture of nostalgia and excitement for the memories we have forged. Rise with the sun and embark on a memorable game drive as we bid farewell to the captivating landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park. As we journey towards Entebbe, a kaleidoscope of wonders awaits us along the way, ensuring that every moment is filled with awe and delight.

Venturing out of the park, keep your eyes peeled for the iconic long-horned Ankole cows, gracefully grazing on the park’s periphery. These magnificent creatures, with their impressive horns curving towards the sky, epitomize the rustic charm of the Ugandan countryside. Marvel at their majestic presence as they dot the landscape, a true testament to the region’s rich cultural heritage.

As we traverse the undulating hills and valleys that adorn the horizon, the breathtaking beauty of Uganda unfolds before our very eyes. Nature’s masterpiece, with its vibrant hues and picturesque scenery, serves as a constant reminder of the wonders that lie within this extraordinary country. Each turn of the road reveals a new vista, a new opportunity to capture the essence of Uganda’s diverse landscapes.

Approaching the bustling city of Kampala, we find ourselves crossing the equator, symbolically crossing from the southern hemisphere back into the northern hemisphere. This monumental moment invites us to pause and appreciate the unique significance of our journey, commemorated with refreshments and cherished photo opportunities. Capture the magic of this crossing, an eternal reminder of the incredible experiences we have shared.

For those bidding farewell to this captivating land, we proceed directly to the airport, ensuring a seamless check-in process. Although our time together is coming to an end, the memories we have created will forever be etched in our hearts. Depart with a sense of fulfillment, knowing that you have embarked on an adventure that has touched your soul and left an indelible mark.

Alternatively, for those who wish to savor the last moments of their Ugandan sojourn, we offer an overnight stay at a luxurious hotel. Take this opportunity to relax and reflect upon the enchanting journey you have undertaken, reveling in the anticipation of the stories you will share with loved ones back home.

As the sun sets on our final day, we bid adieu to the land that has embraced us with open arms, promising to cherish the memories we have made. With a heart full of gratitude and a spirit invigorated by the beauty of Uganda’s majestic wilderness, we depart, knowing that our souls have been forever transformed by this remarkable adventure.

Uganda beckons you to immerse yourself in its wonders, to uncover its hidden treasures, and to embark on a journey of discovery that will leave you spellbound. Come, let us embark on this extraordinary odyssey together, and let the magic of Uganda ignite your wanderlust like never before.

10 Day, Uganda tour, for African Golden Cat and Other Mammals

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Madison Carter

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I recently embarked on an incredible 10-day adventure with Harrier Tours in Uganda, focusing on spotting the elusive African Golden Cat and other fascinating mammals. From start to finish, the trip exceeded all expectations.

The itinerary was expertly crafted, offering a perfect blend of wildlife encounters and cultural immersion. Our knowledgeable guide ensured every moment was filled with excitement and discovery.

Highlights included tracking the majestic African Golden Cat through lush forests, observing rare species such including galagos Chimpanzees, and experiencing the vibrant local communities along the way.

Accommodations were comfortable and thoughtfully selected, providing a cozy retreat after exhilarating days of exploration. The logistics were seamless, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the natural wonders of Uganda without any worries.

Overall, I can’t recommend Harrier Tours highly enough for anyone seeking a memorable and enriching wildlife experience in Uganda. This journey will forever hold a special place in my heart, thanks to the professionalism and passion of the Harrier Tours team.

March 1, 2024
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