UAAV 015 – 7 Days Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth & Kibale Chimps

lodges in Bwindi

Tour the three of the most popular national parks in Uganda; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest renowned home to the mountain gorillas, Queen Elizabeth National Park host to incredible wildlife including tree climbing lions and Kibale Forest National Park the best place to go chimpanzee tracking in Africa.

Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi National Park
Day 2: Gorilla tracking
Day 3: Bwindi- Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 4: Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kibale Forest National Park
Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking (Kibale)
Day 7: Kibale Forest National Park– Kampala

Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi National Park

Meet at your hotel and leave Kampala for Bwindi National Park. We shall have a stop at the Equator where you will perform a simple experiment to experience a tropical balance, have a look at the traditional drums and crafts being made, and thereafter proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest famously known for the rare Mountain Gorillas. Bird life and primate life in this forest is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda, of which you might have a chance to encounter some as well as other primate species.

  • Luxury :Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill/ Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge
  • Mid range: Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Budget:Mucha River Hotel

Day 2: Gorilla tracking

After your breakfast, you will be transferred to the gorilla tracking information office for a pre-gorilla tracking briefing by the park warden and rangers at 8am. After briefing, the rangers will then lead you into the forest to track these gentle giants (Mountain gorillas). The thrill of spending time observing the gorillas as they interact with each other is a pleasing and unforgettable one, you are allowed an hour witnessing the interaction of these close relatives of ours. You are advised to carry with you a packed lunch for, the time spent tracking the gorillas would not be known to you but varies from 3 to 8 hours. Time permitting; you may go for a late afternoon community walk to see the local people’s way of life and cultures.

  • Luxury :Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill/ Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge
  • Mid range: Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Budget:Mucha River Hotel

 

Day 3: Bwindi- Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast, we shall drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a park known to boast the highest bio-diversity ratings of any game park in the worlds with habitats to include; lakes, forest, savannah grassland as well as wetlands. We shall go through the Ishasha sector famed for its tree climbing lions, and exercise our game searching and if we get lucky and spot these tree climbing lions, we proceed to the northern part of the park in time for dinner and an overnight stay.

  • Luxury: Twin lakes Safari Lodge/ Mazike Valley Lodge
  • Mid range: Enganzi Lodge
  • Budget: Pumba Lodge

 

Day 4: Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early morning warm up tea or coffee, you will head for a game drive along Kasenyi tracks in search of animals like: lions, cape buffalos, elephants, warthogs, waterbucks, spotted hyenas, mangoose, kobs and, if you are lucky, the leopard is often spotted. Over 606 bird species have been recorded in this park and most notably along the Kazinga channel. Return for a full breakfast, relax and prepare for yet another exciting activity in the afternoon. After lunch you will transfer to enjoy a unique two hours boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This launch cruise gives you a great opportunity for photography, animal and bird watching at close range.

  • Luxury: Twin lakes Safari Lodge/ Mazike Valley Lodge
  • Mid range: Enganzi Lodge
  • Budget: Pumba lodge

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kibale Forest National Park

After your breakfast, you will transfer to Kibale forest national park that allows you a visit to the palace of the youngest king in the world (Tooro kingdom palace) for a cultural and historical brief, lunch shall be served in Fort portal town before proceeding to visit the crater lakes and then head to your hotel for a night before yet an exciting activity of Chimpanzee tracking.

  • Luxury: Primates Safari Lodge/Crater Safari Lodge
  • Mid range: Kibale Guest Cottages/Chimpanzee Guest House
  • Budget: Kibale Forest Camp

 

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking (Kibale)

After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the Chimpanzee tracking information office at 8am for a briefing by the park warden and ranger guides, and after, you will be led into the rain forest in search of chimpanzees. These primates are very mobile and viewing them is unpredictable but a forest walk is an enriching activity and takes about 4 to 6 hours. This forest is home to a large number of chimpanzees and other primates including Lhoestes, grey cheeked mangabeys, Red-colobus, Red-tailed, birds, and butterflies. You will get back at the lodge in time for lunch and if you have energy in the afternoon, go for a Bigodi swamp walk for yet more primates and bird watching with an optional opportunity to meet and interact with the local communities living here.

  • Luxury: Primates Safari Lodge/Crater Safari Lodge
  • Mid range: Kibale Guest Cottages/Chimpanzee Guest House
  • Budget: Kibale Forest Camp

Day 7: Kibale  Forest National Park – Kampala

After your breakfast, we will drive back to Kampala.

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