From chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest to gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest this tour combines the best attractions in Uganda. Wildlife experience is made complete with a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a chance to spot the big five and a variety of wildlife.
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Upon arrival at the airport in Entebbe we will be met by our safari guide for transfer to Entebbe Serena Hotel for a pre-Safari briefing. We will then have our dinner (own arrangement) and overnight stay on bed and breakfast basis.
After breakfast, we take a quick sightseeing tour of Entebbe and embark on a 5 to 6 hour drive to Kibale Forest. The journey takes us past the outskirts of Kampala through a typical Ugandan countryside with evergreen small scale Farmland to Fort Portal on the Slopes of the Ruwenzori Mountains. We arrive in the commercial center of Uganda’s tea growing zone just in time for a late lunch. After a stroll through the scenic historical town, we drive to our lodge in the Kibale Forest Reserve for our dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, we venture into the Kibale Forest National Park which hosts over 10 species of primates with the main attraction being the Chimpanzees. A guide will provide detailed information not only on primates, but also on the forest's fauna and flora. This 4hour hike will certainly be informative, enjoyable and an excellent way of viewing bird life and primates in close quarters. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay will be at our Lodge.
Today we have a long drive ahead of us. The route takes us through Mbarara (3 hours), where we stop for lunch, and onto the Gorilla Valley Lodge. It is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the large crowds. We cannot get any closer to Bwindi which is home to the gentle gigantic mountain gorillas. From the veranda of the rooms we can almost touch the canopy of the forest. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the lodge.
After an early breakfast at 6.00am, we proceed to the park headquarter for a detailed briefing. We are divided into groups of eight and each group is allocated rangers who take us through the forest in search for a Gorilla family allocated to us. The trek may take anything between 2 to 4 hours until we spot the gorillas feasting on bamboo sprouts. We have an hour to observe them in their habitat and take pictures. If everything goes well we will be back at the lodge for a late lunch.
After breakfast, we drive to Queen Elizabeth National park. The drive takes about 4 hours and we arrive just in time for lunch at the Mweya Safari Lodge. Queen Elizabeth National Park, set against the backdrop of the Ruwenzori Mountains, is Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystem which includes sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands makes it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. An afternoon game reveals the wildlife treasures in the park with guaranteed sightings of antelopes, buffaloes and elephants and other diverse plains game. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at the lodge.
Today after breakfast we take a boat trip on Kazinga Channel which connects Lake Albert to Lake Edward. The wildlife viewing experience includes the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. There are also crocodiles, countless of birds on the shore and overhead as well as in the water. A pleasant quiet boat ride is the best opportunity to capture great photos of elephants, buffaloes and plains game on the shores. We return to the lodge for lunch and relax at the pool. In the late afternoon we take another game drive. Dinner and overnight stay will once again be at the lodge.
Today we return to Entebbe or Kampala with a lunch stop on the way either for our international departure or an onward program. The 400km drive takes about 6 hours.