Uganda is a land of contrasts: tangled jungle, snow-capped legendary “mountain of the moon”, roaring rapids, vast sparkling lakes, terraced hillsides, grassy plains, arid savanna, deep forest… and breathtaking beauty everywhere you look. In a matter of days, you can see some of the world’s rarest creatures: go tracking in the forest to see Gorillas and Chimps, search the marshlands for the elusive Shoebill, wander the forest floor following the trail of Forest Elephants and visit a Karamojong tribe or a Batwa pygmy village. This is a country worth knowing and it is definitely worth seeing. Let Home to Africa take you on this remarkable trip into the Pearl of Africa that the Fond Memory will stay with you for so long. Fun: Launch (boat trip) on the Kazinga Channel, game drive, chimp and gorilla trekking (Kibale & Bwindi Forests). Bragging Right: Close up encounter with the chimps and gorillas firsthand in their natural habitat, being in and touring Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.
Day 1: Arrive Entebbe (early), pick up and transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.
We hope that your flight is scheduled for an early (not past noon) landing in Entebbe. Your safari will startfrom the Entebbe International Airportwhereyou willbereceivedby the assigned driver-guide anddepart for Kibale Forest NP. The park is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L'Hoest's monkey, Uganda mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae). While on your chimpanzee trails, you will see them swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits.You will arrive in the late afternoon (evening) and just check into your accommodation, relax and later enjoy your dinner plus the overnight stay.
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse
Chimpanzee Forest guest House & Camp site is neighbouring Kibale National Park 20 minutes drive to Kanyanchu visitors centre also the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking, only 32 Km from Fort Portal town on the Kamwenge Road.
Day 2: Chimp tracking Kibale Forest and (afternoon) transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP.
Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ post where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking (Kibale Forest) and you will be left amazed by the presence of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour in their presence. You will return to the lodge for lunch and thereafter you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in the evening and overnight at your booked accommodation.
Irungu Forest Safari Lodge
Off Main Road Kasese, Mbarara, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 3: Queen’s Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel.
Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive to the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for Cape buffalos, herds of elephants plus the big cats: lions, leopards (though hard to spot) among others. Return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch.
After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, the sight of wildlife including giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others will fascinate you. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. You will have dinner and overnight at your accommodation.
Irungu Forest Safari Lodge
Off Main Road Kasese, Mbarara, Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Day 4: Exit Queen and transfer to Bwindi with en route game viewing in Ishasha area.
Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are hard to spot (most especially when they are down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular!
Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population) including several habituated groups, which you will trek. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.
Broadbill Forest Camp
Broadbill Forest Camp is located on the very edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, south of the village of Ruhija, just north of the road to Kabale that passes through the eastern part of the park.
Day 5: Gorilla trekking Bwindi and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation, sightseeing.
After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is unforgettable.
Thereafter, you will return for lunch then drive off to Lake Bunyonyi. The lake is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day…
Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort
Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort P.O.box 989 Ndorwa, block 114 Kashambwa, Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Uganda
Day 6: Exit Bunyonyi and return to Entebbe Airport to catch flight back home.
Have a relaxed breakfast at the accommodation with spectacular view of the Bunyonyi little islands just right in front of you and thereafter embark on your return journey to Entebbe Airport. Expect en route lunch and a stop at the Uganda Equator line mark in Kayabwe for some memorable photos and maybe buying some art pieces of interest. Proceed with the journey arriving late afternoon/evening for drop off at the airport to catch your flight back home. We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!
This trip can only be undertaken by persons from 15 years and above. Gorilla trekking may be strenuous and a good level of physical fitness is required. Pack trekking strong shoes or jungle boots for hiking, long sleeved shirts offer proper protection for you from thorns and insects.
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