This activity will be carried out in Bwindi where there are 3 habituated gorilla families.
The Safari later takes you to Queen Elizabeth, Uganda’s top visited safari destination in Western Uganda. A safari with in the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you can see a wide diversity of game such as elephants, lions, buffaloes, hippos, and leopards is another awesome experience of this Uganda Safari. Other activities to be carried out on this safari include; a hunt for the tree-climbing lions lounging on old fig trees in the Ishasha region as well as a launch cruise on Kazinga Channel where schools of hippos and crocodiles can be seen. A wide variety of birds at the channel present a haven to birders yet the tropical rain forests of Maramagambo are a treasure to nature lovers. The safari ends in Kibale National Park with a chimpanzee tracking tour within the tropical rainforest. Apart from chimpanzees Kibale is home to 11 other primates that can also be seen in this park.
Day 1: Kampala – Lake Mburo National Park
Our safari guide will be pick you from your Hotel at 07.30 am and depart by road for Lake Mburo National Park in Western Uganda. Have stopover to look at the Royal Drum makers, stand at the Equator for a photographic opportunity and also listen to some few interesting facts. Continue to Lake Mburo National Park which is an extension of the Tanzanian plains with big herds of zebra, impala, eland and other ungulates. The park is a haven for bird viewing opportunities. After checking in at the safari lodge, you will take a late afternoon a dug out canoe ride where you will spot hippos, crocodiles and variety of water birds. Overnight in Mantana Tented Camp / Rwonyo Camp Site or Camping.
Day 2 Game Viewing in Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast, have an early game drive in the park where we will view elands, antelopes, zebras, impala and many acacia- associated birds. We will stop over for lunch, and continue with the journey which offers excellent views of the triangular peaks of the Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda and the Congo. The road then drops down into a valley, to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the mountain gorillas! Overnight at Mantana Tented Camp / Rwonyo Camp Site or Camping.
Day 3 Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi
Wake up early morning for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Before 8:00 am report to the ranger station for a brief talk by one of the rangers as well as registration; the guides will then take you to track the gorillas through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth and parting thick creepers. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metre of them and visitors; you will be told to sit around these animals for a whole hour gazing into their big round eyes. These giants are so powerful and can sometimes weigh up to 250kilos. A reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes, as this trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours. Take with you lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences. It’s amazing to listen to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback as well as watch only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left as Park Guides interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the Camp OR an option of taking a forest walk to see how the Ugandans live. Overnight at Mantana tented Camp /Gorilla Resort / Buhoma Community Banda’s.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park,
After a morning breakfast depart early with our packed lunch for Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth known as Ishasha, famed for its tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will see buffalo, topi and hippo among other species. It is a fabulous sight to see the lions draped from the trees and nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low-limbed fig tree of Ishasha. After checking in and having some time to relax at the safari Lodge. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge, Hippo Hill Camp.
Day 5: Morning Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth,
After Breakfast, Have an early morning game drive and spot Elephants, waterbucks, warthogs, hippos and others. We will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. After this wonderful afternoon, a slow drive back to Lodge. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana Safari Lodge, Hippo Hill Camp.
Day 6: Transfer to Kibale Forest
Following breakfast, we will depart to Kibale Forest National Park. We will leave the park via the Northern Crater Area, with beautiful lake and rich grasslands which are set deep in the crater valley; this is truly the most breathtaking scenery in the park arriving the park late afternoon. Tonight you will sleep in Ndali Lodge/Rwenzori View guest house prior to your chimpanzee tracking in the morning. Overnight at Ndali Safari Lodge/Primates Safari Lodge, Chimpanzee Guest House or Chimp Nest.
Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest
A relatively early morning start, to report to the ranger station in Kibale National Park at 08.00am to track habituated chimps – these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. The incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including red Colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bush babies. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prigogine’s ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species.
If you have energy in the afternoon, you will go for a guided walk in Bigodi Swamp to look for different bird species like the Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue Throated Roller and other rare species and also find the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets. Overnight at Ndali Safari Lodge/Primate Safari Lodge, Chimpanzee Guest House or Chimp Nest.
Day 8: Transfer to Kampala
This is your last day of your Safari. After breakfast we depart to Kampala arriving in the afternoon for your flight.
A note for Trekkers: Remember to bring heavy leather gloves, stout hiking boots, long sleeves shirts, long pants, a light back-pack, and water-bottle.
Note should be taken that we have got two types of Safaris, Some opt for Luxury Safari (lodges / hotels) and others opt for Budget Safaris (camping and simple accommodation).Our rates vary with the accommodation type , nevertheless the rest of the activities will remain the same .Feel free to inquire .