5 Days Gorilla tracking tour, Lake Mburo, and Queen Elizabeth Safari take you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable forest for gorilla tracking, Lake Mburo for wildlife and an adventurous boat ride, and Queen Elizabeth for the tree-climbing lions at the Ishasha plains. On your arrival day at the Airport, you will be picked by our trained guide/driver from the Hamerkop Safaris and then be taken to the already booked hotel. Depending on the arrival time of your flight, you may wish to rest for a day after your long flight or decide to start off with your 5 days trip to Uganda the next morning.
Day 1: Transfer To Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Early morning after breakfast at 7.00 am the driver will pick you from the guesthouse and then leave for the South West of Uganda. The first part takes us through central Uganda. They will have Lunch in Mbarara at the famous Igongo Culture Centre and from here we will continue the journey through Rukugiri District passing villages, cultivated farms, hills before you reach Buhoma Bwindi. Check-in at Lodge, dinner, and overnight at their booked Lodge.
Driving time: ± 9 hours
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking Day.
We take our morning breakfast and report to the park headquarters by 7:30 am for brief highlights about gorilla tracking etiquette. After the brief gorilla tracking highlights at the park entrance and at the same time the starting point for gorilla tracking. We shall be penetrating through the Impenetrable Forest to look for these gentle giant gorillas under the guidance of a knowledgeable guide.
Time is taken doing gorilla tracking, highly depends on how fast we shall locate a gorilla community. It can take us a few minutes or even an entire day trying to spot them. We shall then return from this thrilling but highly tiresome adventure to relaxation.
Accommodation: Buhoma lodge
Day 3: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After our early morning breakfast, we shall continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, have a game drive as we prepare for an evening Kazinga Channel boat ride.
Accommodation at: Mweya Safari Lodge
Day 4: Travel to Kibale NP
Chimpanzee Tracking & Swamp Walk
No other animal reminds us so much of ourselves as the chimpanzee. Besides many common features and mannerisms, chimpanzees also share 98% of our human DNA, making them our closest living relatives. It is not so surprising then that we find the habits and biology of these primates so fascinating to study.
While Chimpanzees can be found in 21 countries throughout Africa, they are most easily sighted in Uganda due to the high concentration of the species here. On a Chimpanzee Tracking experience in Kibale Forest, you will have the opportunity to follow an experienced guide into the forest to observe these fascinating creatures at a close range. Watching them interact with each other and go about their daily routine of grooming, playing and foraging is an incredible experience.
While your chances of encountering chimpanzees are high during your tracking excursion, it is never 100% guaranteed. These are, after all, wild animals with wills and minds of their own!
After socializing with the chimps you will be invited to engage in the human custom of a hot lunch. Served by local residents you will learn about the traditional cuisine of the region and its preparation. This meal will offer a nice insight into the local culture, as well as giving a real taste of Uganda!
Day 5: Drive back to Kampala to your Hotel or evening flight.
After the morning breakfast, you can choose whether you would like to spend more time with the local communities and learn more about their day-to-day lives on a Community Walk or go deeper into the forest on a Swamp Walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is home to 8 primate species, over 200 bird species, butterflies, and various reptiles. For bird lovers, the highlight of the afternoon is spotting the beautiful great blue turaco.
Both the Community Walk and Swamp Walk are operated by KAFRED, a registered community-based organization. The income from the walk is used for community development projects such as schools and hospitals.