HIGHLIGHTS: Chimpanzee trekking, game drives, boat ride and Gorilla Trekking
Experience the amazing mix that Uganda can offer during this 7 days Ultimate primate tour and wild life Safari with Chimpanzee trekking, Gorilla trekking and classic game-drives on the savanna in searching for tree climbing lions and other animals. This tour takes you to 3 of Uganda’s national parks: Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Queen Elizabeth Park prides in a great diversity of African wildlife like elephants, leopards, lions, hippos and buffaloes. And the highlight of this tour is Gorilla trekking, just a good way of concluding the spectacular Holiday in Uganda.
Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe
Day 2: Drive to Kibale National Park
Day 3: chimpanzee trekking, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 4: Game drive and boat ride on the Kazinga Channel
Day 5: Game drive in Ishasha, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 6: Gorilla trekking
Day 7: Fly to Entebbe and depart
Day 1:ARRIVAL ENTEBBE
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and after all the formalities, you shall be welcomed by our safari guide, who will then drive you to your hotel for an overnight.
Day 2: DRIVE TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will meet with your guide and then drive to Kibale National Park. Kibale National Park is suited in the western part of Uganda and covers an area of about 795km and its acknowledged to have one of Uganda’s most gorgeous tropical forest, and the park’s highest point is at 1590m above sea level. It is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. It also contains over 375 species of birds. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within a few hours’ drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks. Along the way you will pass many tea plantations, you will arrive later in the afternoon, stopover in Fort Portal town, and then proceed to your accommodation for an overnight. Depending on the time you arrive, you may visit the nearby crater lakes, or visit the Kings Palace in Fort Portal; otherwise you will relax at the lodge.
Day 3:CHIMPANZEE TREKKING DRIVE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast, you will transfer to the park headquarters for briefing about the does and don’ts while trekking chimpanzees thereafter proceed for chimpanzee tracking. Led by an experienced ranger guide, trekking the chimpanzees might take about 2 to 6 hours depending on the location of chimpanzees. You will also be able to see different birds, monkeys like the black and white colobus, grey cheeked Mangabey, golden monkeys among others, and various trees species as you walk through the forest. After lunch you drive to Queen Elisabeth National Park, enjoy a game drive on your way in. Named after her Majesty the Queen of England, the park is Uganda’s most famous national park and traveler’s destination. The park’s sites include several beautiful crates lakes that winding through the rolling hills, the panoramic display of the Kazinga Channel. The park stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from savanna and wetlands and lowland forest. Arrive later at the lodge for an overnight.
Day 4:GAME DRIVE, BOAT RIDE ON THE KAZINGA CHANNEL
Today you will head out for an early Morning Game Drive in the park, there are over 100 mammal species in the park that include Lions, Spotted Hyena, Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes, the elusive Giant Forest Hog and Leopard. The Primates include Chimpanzees, Blue, Black faced Red Colobus, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Red tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. In the afternoon, you shall have a boat ride on Kazinga Channel, you will enjoy the fresh river breeze whilst observing a large selection of animal’s and views of numerous flora and fauna while on the launch cruise. The shores of this channel attracts a great number of wild animals like the hippos, elephants, crocodiles, antelopes and others which makes the channel a marvelous place that draws many visitors on a wildlife safari in Uganda. The boat cruise takes about 2-3 hours and is a spectacular experience along the channel as you explore more about African wildlife like birds, animals, reptiles among others.
Day 5:GAME DRIVE IN ISHAHSA TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
After an early morning breakfast, you will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Along the way, you will have an en route game drive in Ishasha sector, the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, only here the lions have a habit of climbing trees and it is one of the few places in Africa where lions are found in Fig trees preying on other animals like the Uganda Kobs and Topi. Thereafter continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the home to endangered mountain gorillas which lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species including Blue-throated Broadbill, bar-tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species.
Day 6: GORILLA TREKKING
After an early morning breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters and meet with excellent local ranger guides and trackers who will brief you about the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Thereafter head off to the forest for Gorilla trekking in the company of an experienced ranger who will tell you interesting facts about flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. Trekking the Mountain Gorilla is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences, although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery makes the trekking worthwhile. The trek will take between 2 and 6 hours, but is well worth the effort. As an alternative to gorilla trekking, you could choose to take a guided forest walk in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A forest walk in Bwindi rewards the travelers with an exclusive feeling of a natural virgin forest, sweet melodies of birds singing up in the trees as well a close encounter with wild animals such as baboons, vervet monkeys, L’Hoest’s Guenon, dickers, giant forest hogs and bush pigs among others.
Day 7:FLY BACK TO ENTEBBE AND DEPART
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Airstrip and then fly back to Entebbe. Along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful aerial view of south western Uganda, the hills and thick vegetation as well the terraces. Later on, you will arrive at the Airport and take your flight back home.