This 7 DAYS GORILLAS, PRIMATES, AND GAME SAFARI will take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives and a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, which connects Lake George and Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. This Channel has the highest concentration of Hippos in the whole world, with over 600 species of birds. On a ‘good day, a cruise along the Kazinga Channel can expose you to more wildlife than you can find on any given game drive. You will visit the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will have a chance to trek one of the habituated families of mountain gorillas and Kibale National Park for the Chimp tracking experience and Bigodi Swamp walk. This 7 Days Gorillas, Primates, and Game Safari will starts and end in Entebbe.
DAY 1: To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Depart Entebbe/ Kampala for your first day of the 3 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour. The drive time from Entebbe/Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in Southwestern Uganda is between 8-9 hours. Although it may seem quite a long drive, it is worth it because you get to enjoy the countryside scenery with some of the most beautiful landscapes ranging from plantations, hills, all the way to the Virunga massive. Just keep your cameras near you and your driver will definitely stop if you need him to, so that you can capture that beautiful moment.
You will have an en-route stopover at the Equator crossing at Kayabwe for the photography and a simple experiment before you continue to Mbarara town for Lunch. After lunch, you will embark on your scenic drive to Bwindi NP overnight at the selected lodge.
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After your early morning breakfast, your guide will drive you to Ruhija Park headquarters for briefing and joining others for briefing before heading into the forest for your gorilla trek. This trek can last for between 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on the location of the mountain gorilla family on that particular day. Once you find the gorillas, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them while observing their behavior, taking photographs before you return to the Park Headquarters for your certificate that confirms that you have tracked gorillas in Uganda. Overnight stay at the selected lodge.
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha (Tree Climbing Lions)
Morning drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park through Ishasha. You will drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savannah grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions. Arrive at Queen Elizabeth in the afternoon, check-in at your lodge, have lunch, and relax while enjoying the eye-catching views of the park. Later in the evening, go for an evening Game Drive or Crater Drive to catch sights of extinct craters, and wildlife. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park. (Game Drive and Boat Cruise)
Rise very early with your packed lunch take on a morning game drive to catch up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will most likely meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, and Lions, spotted Hyenas, bushbuck, waterbuck, stripped jackal, comical warthogs, and the elusive leopard. Proceed After lunch, take on an afternoon Launch cruise along with Kazinga Channel one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, buffalo, kob, and the occasional Nile crocodile (which up until recently did not inhabit this area) and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank. Many who experience the launch cruise consider it the high light of their entire African safari. Dinner and overnight at selected lodge.
Day5: Transfer to Kibale National Park
After your early morning breakfast, you shall go back to the plains for another Game drive and perhaps lookout for those particulars that you failed to spot on the last game drives. Thereafter, leave the park for Kibale with en-route lunch at Fort Portal. Check-in at your lodge for dinner and overnight, relax as you wait for the chimp trek the next day.
Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale
After your morning breakfast, our tour guide will lead you to Kanyanchu park headquarters for a briefing from the senior park ranger. At 8:00 am you will join the rest of the other trackers and transfer to the starting point which is 2 Km away from the park headquarters. Most often chimpanzee tracking goes for 3 to 4 hours.
While in the forest you may interface with primates including the red-tailed monkey, L’Hoest monkey, baboons, white and black Colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabey, red Colobus, blue monkeys, and pottos. Other animals include forest elephants unique from the common type, giant forest hogs, and a striking tree species. Later you may enjoy your lunch at Chimps Nest Lodge before embarking on a guided nature walk to Bigodi swamp sanctuary, a good site for birders. Expect to see the Great Blue Turaco and Papyrus Gonolek which can easily be sighted among the other many bird species. There is also an array of butterfly species. In the evening return to your previous lodge for relaxation and dinner.
Day 7:Return to Kampala / Entebbe and Departure
After enjoying breakfast, transfer back to Kampala, with an en-route lunch. If possible, you may take a short visit to see the “supernatural tree – the Nakayima” where you will be introduced to some of the hilarious traditional beliefs of the Baganda people. Arrive in Kampala in the evening. If this day coincides with the Ndere Cultural troupe, this would be an exciting moment to enjoy.