HIGHLIGHTS: Chimpanzee trekking, game drives, boat ride, nature walk and Gorilla Trekking
This safari will give you an exclusive and enriching memorable travel experience in Uganda. Uganda is all about its friendly people diverse landscapes and exceptional wildlife. This trip will show you the best of what Uganda has to offer. The tour introduces you to the main highlights like gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, game drives, the boat safaris and nature walk. Explore four of Uganda’s best National parks in just 8 days.
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
Day 5: Drive to Ishasha sector, game drive in search of tree climbing lions
Day 6: Drive to Kisoro, boat ride on Lake Mutanda
Day 7: Gorilla trekking
Day 8: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park, game drive
Day 9 Nature walk, transfer 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. 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 head 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. Thereafter you will visit Kasenyi fishing village, here life entirely depends on fishing, you will have a walk into the Fishing community and market, learn about the different fish types caught, fish preservation methods, boat making and the challenges fishermen face. 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:DRIVE TO ISHASHA SECTOR
After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha sector. This part of the park is eminently perceived for its famous Tree climbing lions that are an outstanding fascination and one among the features on all safaris taken inside Queen Elizabeth National park. The Lions are often spotted holding tight on braches of colossal fig trees while they prey on the Uganda Kob which are the real nourishment to the lions. You will have a game drive in search of tree climbing lions as well as encounter other animals along the way.
Day 6: DRIVE TO KISORO, BOAT RIDE ON LAKE MUTANDA
After an early morning breakfast, you will depart for Kisoro the south western part of Uganda which is located in an idyllic setting under the peaks of the Muhabura and Mgahinga Mountains which are part of the Virunga Mountains and home to the rare Mountain Gorilla. The area is also home to Lake Mutanda which is a little known jewel, hidden in the mountainous landscape of southwestern Uganda, in Kisoro District. It is one of the most scenic lakes in Africa, located in a dramatic landscape of lush and verdant sprawling highlands. Its fresh clear water is dotted by lush trees & shrubs, and ringed by beautiful scenery of sprawling highlands clad with green vegetation, plantations, and terraces of crops along the slopes. The lake is also close to Mgahinga National Park that is famous for mountain gorillas and golden monkeys; the lakeside environment accommodates a variety of animal and plant species, unique to this area. Bird species include king fisher birds, kite, ibis and Uganda's national bird, the crested crane. Weaver bird nests are a common site among the reeds along the lake shore. Upon arrival, you will have a boat ride on the lake; retire to the lodge for an overnight.
Day 7: GORILLA TREKKING
After an early morning breakfast, you will head to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park headquarters and meet with excellent local ranger guides and trackers who will brief you about the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Thereafter continue 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. The park 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. 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, duikers, giant forest hogs and bush pigs among others.
Day 8: DRIVE TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK, EVENING GAME DRIVE
Today, drive to Lake Mburo National Park. You will have a game drive as you enter the park. Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and it is home to 350 bird species including flame head Barbet, Long-tailed Zitting Cisticola (Tabora), African Bins Rail, Collared Barbet, binding Bush singer among others, as well as Zebra, Impala, Eland, Buffallo, Orbi, Defassa waterbuck, Topi, Leopard, Hippo, Hyna, Reedbuck and many more. The park forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Once covered by open savanna, Lake Mburo National Park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savanna is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes. Once you have settled in and time allowing, you will visit a cattle keeping family nearby, get to learn more about their way of life, participate in milking of the cow, learn how to make local butter and much more. Retire to the lodge for an overnight.
Day 9:NATURE WALK AND GAME DRIVE DRIVE TO ENTEBBE AND DEPART
You will get up early morning for a guided nature walk and game drive in the park, thereafter return to the hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon you will proceed to Kampala crossing the equator along the way, you will have time to take photos and later drive to Entebbe to Airport catch your flight back home.