In this kind of safari, you will be treated with ecstasy and watch the country’s rich natural diversity comprising of flora and fauna as well as tracking down the gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest not missing the rare bird species. Below is the proposed itinerary for this safari;
Day 1: Pick up from the Airport – City Tour
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by driver/ guide who will transfer you to your Hotel in Kampala. If your flight arrives in the morning, you will have a chance to visit some of the interesting places in Kampala. These include the Uganda Museum, Kasubi Tombs, and Namirembe Cathedral etc. Then in the evening check in at Africana Hotel/Speke Hotel. Meals here are on B/B basis.
Day 2: Transfer to Kibale NP
Wake up very early in the morning and have your breakfast then after wards embark on your 5 hours long drive to Kibale forest through Fort Portal where you will stop for lunch and then proceed arriving in the evening. Check in at Ndali lodge/Rwenzori view Guest house. Meals here are based on F/B.
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking
Rise up very early in the morning and have breakfast then afterwards proceed to the forest headquarters for briefing about the chimps before heading to the forest for actual tracking of these primates. This search for chimps will also provide you with an opportunity to see other primates, for instance, the Bush babies, colobus monkeys, Mangabeys, pottos and many more. Return to your hotel for lunch and some relaxation. In the evening head to Bigodi swamp to look out for stunning flora and fauna. Then retire to your hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight. Meals are on F/B
Day 4: Nature walks and drives to Queen Elizabeth NP
Wake up very early in the morning and have your breakfast then afterwards leave for a nature walk in the foot hills of mountain Rwenzori.This is one of the most mountain ranges in the world. Look at its highest peak- Margherita and then head to your hotel for lunch. In the evening drive to Queen Elizabeth national park reaching in the evening and check in at Mweya Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight. Meals are on F/B basis.
Day 5: Game drive and boat cruise
Rise up very early in the morning before 7 am and have breakfast and then move into the park for game drive. This early morning drive will enable you to catch a glimpse of some animals returning to their dens from their night preys. Such animals will include the big five [elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes], hyenas, warthogs, alibi, silver buck etc. Move to the hotel for lunch and refreshments. In the evening go for boat cruise along the Kazinga channel which connects lakes George and Edward and then afterwards return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Meals are F/B
Day 6: Drive to Bwindi impenetrable forest
Wake up very early in the morning and embark on the long drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP known as Ishasha having lunch at Ishasha River. Move into Gorilla Resort [mid-range] or Buhoma Community Bandas [budget].Meals are on FB.
Day 7: Gorilla Tracking
After a morning heavy breakfast and with packed lunch you will transfer to the park offices for briefing and then later on at 9:00 am commence the gorilla trek along the tracks in the thick forest searching for these great apes. Depending on the movement of these humble giants the trek might take between 2-9 hours before you encounter the Gorillas. Though the walk is tiresome meeting these great apes and spending some time with them while looking deep into their expressive brown eyes, is an exhilarating and heartbreaking wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Return to Kampala
Have breakfast early morning, after get briefed by your guide before driving back to Kampala. You will have lunch en route at Igongo Cultural Center in Mbarara plus a visit to a cultural museum. You may stop at Mpabire and have a talk with the local drum makers who will demonstrate how these drums are crafted but also have a drumming session using the very drums.Arrive in Kampala late evening which marks the end of this Uganda gorilla safari trip.Your overnight shall be at The a Lodge in Lweza for your quick and jam free airport transfer at your chosen time.
The tour quotation Includes:
– Gorilla tracking permits
– Ground transport in a comfortable 4WD safari van equipped for game viewing, photography and touring
– Full board accommodation
– Full time English speaking professional driver/guide
– All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
– Bottled water while on safari
– Airport transfers.
But it excludes; Items of personal nature like Laundry, Beers, tipping of staffs at the lodges, cigarettes etc