Highlights: Kibale Forest Chimps National Park + Queen Elizabeth National Park, + Bwindi Gorillas National Park + Lake Bunyonyi
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda The Pearl of Africa!
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by Representatives from Uganda Wildlife Scene Safaris . Later transfer to your place of accommodation relax from Jet lag overnight at: Casia Lodge or Casa Miltu Hotel or Namirembe View Guest House
Day 2: After breakfast depart Kampala City and head to Kibale National Park.
Introduction: This is in Western Uganda, 35 km from Fort Portal town, which is 360kms from Kampala via Mubende town. With lush tropical rainforest and fascinating diversity of animals, Kibale National Park is one of the most beautiful and stunning forests in Uganda. Kibale Forest is certainly worth protecting as it is home to the Largest number of our closest living relatives with a 98.4% same DNA composition like us.(The endangered Chimpanzees ). As well as the Red colobus monkeys, and the rare L’Hoesti monkey. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates totaling to 13 species including the Black and white colobus monkey, Blue monkey and Grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey bush babies and pottos . The park also hosts over 325 species of birds including the yellow spotted nicator, yellow rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the African pitta, the crowned eagle and the black bee eater. There are a number of impressive mammals including; forest elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, duikers, and bats. A keen observer may see some of the reptiles and amphibians as well as a variety of colorful butterflies. Further more 250 species of trees have been recorded. But the most famous inhabitants are the Chimpanzees with over than 1,450 individuals are protected with in the park. At Kanyancu , a community of chimpanzees has been habituated since 1991, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view these great apes in the natural environment with more than 99% chance of viewing. Have Lunch enroute and later arrive at your Hotel. Refreshments will be served, refresh and relax, meal plans dinner and overnight at Mountains of the Moon Hotel, or Dutchess or Rwenzori View Guest House.
Day 3: After morning Breakfast, head to the park headquarters arrive at 8:00am. Get the introduction from the park warden join the group and begin your adventure to meet our closest relatives the “Chimpanzees” Tracking will start and last for 3-4 hrs along the trails you will come across other primates like Black and white Colubus, Grey cheecked Mangabeys, Bird life and Plant life is abundant here. Later return and proceed to have lunch. After lunch we will prepare to leave this part of the world and head to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Game drive enroute as you will arrive at the Lodge by early evening. Refreshments will be served, refresh and relax, meal plans dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Katara Lodge or Bush Lodge or Uganda Wildlife Authority Accommodation.
Day 4: After a warm wake up coffee at 6:15am at 6:30am start your early morning game drive to be in time to see the big cats in action. Game drive lasts for 3-4 hrs get back for breakfast relax and lunch. At 2:45pm Take the boat cruise on the Famous Kazinga Channel which connects Lake George to Lake Edward. The cruise on the water will last 2 hrs return by 5:00pm embark on the evening game drive which will bring you back to the hotel by 7:00pm. Refresh, meal plans dinner, campfire and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Hippo Hill or Bush Lodge.
Day 5: To Bwindi Gorillas National Park: After breakfast begin your drive driving through the Southern Sector of Queen Elizabeth “Ishasha sector” famous for the tree climbing lions. Spot a place to have lunch later proceed to arrive at Buhoma. check in at the Engagi Lodge or The Haven Lodge or Buhoma Community Self contained Tents.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Introduction : It is the richest forest in Uganda in terms of number of plant species. Also home to half of the population of the critically endangered mountain Gorillas in the world.Gazetted in 1991 with an area of 331sq km, 514km away from the capital Kampala covering parts of Rukungiri, Kisoro and Kabale districts in south western Ugandan districts.
Attractions :This is the richest forest in Uganda with a number of plant species, as the area is one of the few large expanses of forest in East Africa where lowland and montane communities emerge.The valley bottoms contain a dense ground cover of herbs, vines, shrubs, with only a few trees hence it’s name ” The Impenetrable Forest” This is one of the richest faunal communities in East Africa. There exists half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest. There are also several endangered species of birds within limited ranges.
Gorilla tracking begun on 1st April 1993. It is advisable to make your booking for gorilla tracking +3 Months with us in advance. Atleast a few months before your intended date of visit. It commonly rains in this area. Come with a rain gear, a good pair of hiking boots, gloves and elastic bandage in case of sprains. Dinner and Overnight at the Engagi Lodge or The Haven Lodge or Buhoma Community Self contained Tents.
Day 6: Tracking the mountain gorillas: After an early breakfast you will head to the park headquarters and get the briefing from the chief park warden get into your groups and later its on to your adventure to meet these thrilling gentle giants of Bwindi National Park. Tracking time varies according to the movements of these giants it could take from 30 mins to 5hrs so we highly recommend that you are in a good physical condition to track these gorillas. There are porters at the briefing point and if you need one to carry your equipment please do inform the warden and one will be readily available at a fee of $20 USD. After tracking you will get back to the camp and relieve those special moments with the group. Dinner and Overnight at the Engagi Lodge or The Haven Lodge or Buhoma Community Self contained Tents.
Day 7: After breakfast we will proceed to Lake Bunyonyi
Introduction: Lake Bunyonyi As its serpentine shape might suggest, is essentially a flooded valley system, extending Northwards from the Rwanda border over a distance of 25kms through the contours of the steep hills that separate Kabale and Kisoro. It is thought to have formed about 8,000 yrs ago, as a result of a lava flow from one of the Virunga Mountains, which blocked off the Ndego River at the present –day Muko to create a natural dam. The lake has a total surface area of 60km sq, it lies at an altitude of of 1840m, known to be the deepest lake in Uganda and also the home of “otters & crayfish”. Also in its favor is the high altitude location which ensures a moderate climate and relatively low incidence of malaria and often becoming quite chilly at night. Bilharzia is reliably reported to be absent from the lake, as are crocodiles and hippos, which means that swimming is very safe. Active travelers are catered for, with canoes, kayaks and mountain bikes available for hire and enough potential excursions to keep one busy for days. Arrive and check in to the Bird’s Nest or Arcadia Cottages or Overland Resort.
Day 8: After breakfast we shall depart this beautiful place of the world and head back to Transfer to Entebbe International Airport. Lunch enroute with a stop over at the Equator, you will do your souvenir shopping here and later proceed to Entebbe Airport to connect to your home bound flight. End of Safari.