Gorilla Tour chimp tracking and Queen Elizabeth itinerary:
Day 1: ENTEBBE
Arrive at the Entebbe international Airport. Proceed through immigration and customs. Met by your Safari guide and transferred to the hotel. Bed and Breakfast accommodation at The Boma Hotel (std room).
Day 2: ENTEBBE to KIBALE FOREST BY ROAD
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for the drive to the Kibale Forest area FOR YOUR Gorilla Tour chimp tracking and Queen Elizabeth, arriving in time for a late lunch at the lodge. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax. Full Board accommodation at Ndali Lodge/ Kyaninga Lodge.
Day 3: KIBALE FOREST CHIMP TRACKING
Breakfast at the lodge and then depart for the Kibale Forest, at Kayanchu, for a guided forest trek in search of the Chimpanzees. Once located, a maximum of 1hr is allowed to view the wild chimpanzees. During the forest walk, it may be possible to come across the 12 other primate species living in the forest, including the grey‐cheeked mangabey and the red‐tailed monkey. The walk is fairly easy due to the well‐maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. Full Board accommodation at Ndali Lodge/ Kyaninga Lodge.
Kibale National Park was initially established as a wildlife corridor for forest elephants migrating between the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the northern parks such as the Kabalega Falls National Park. It is Uganda’s supreme park in terms of richness in diversity of plant species, and for sheltering one of the highest densities of primate species in the world.
Ancient forests of trees over 50m in height, and equally magnificent buttress roots form a natural playground for the chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, diademed monkeys, blue monkeys, white cheeked mangabeys, olive baboons, black & white colobus and the park is home to East Africa’s largest populations of L’Hoest’s monkeys and red colobus monkeys.
Chimpanzee Tracking is the most popular activity at Kibale and is the main attraction and activity at the park. The park shelters an astounding 1500 chimpanzees. Tracking takes place twice a day, in the morning and in the late afternoon. At night, it is possible to enjoy guided forest walks to search for nocturnal primates such as bush babies and the unhurried pottos.
The nearby Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a community-run reserve that was established to protect the Magombe Swamp, a haven for both birders, with over 330 species recorded.
Day 4: KIBALE FOREST to QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at the lodge, and depart, with a short game drive en-route, to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Later in the afternoon, depart for a game drive to explore the park and its wildlife and scenery. Full Board accommodation at Kyambura Game Lodge.
Located at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains, the Queen Elizabeth National Park’s landscape is perhaps the most visually stunning in country, so much so, that this area is often referred to as ‘The Pearl of Africa’. Contiguous with the Congo’s Virunga National Park, the landscape encompasses bush land, swamps, savannah, various crater lakes as well as the shores of the larger Lakes Edward and George.
The park is home to large numbers of elephants, some resident and some migrants from the Congo. Almost 100 species of animals including the park’s famed tree-climbing lions, giant forest hogs, buffalos, hyenas, leopards, and a variety of plains game such as the Uganda Kob, Sitantunga and Topi antelopes can be found.
Boat trips along the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake Edward to Lake George, could bring you spectacular encounters with the world’s highest concentration of hippos and the 4ft high shoebill stork, or the crested crane, national emblem of Uganda. Over 600 species of birds, among them Central African species, can be found at the park.
Day 5: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at the lodge. Drive to the Kasenyi area of the national park, to look for lions, buffalos, elephants, and large numbers of Uganda Kobs and other antelopes. Return to the lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon, transfer for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel (approx. 2hrs), to look out for the hippos, great herds of buffalos, and several species of aquatic birds. With luck, the wonderful Shoebill Stork may be spotted. Proceed on an evening game drive in the safari vehicle. Full Board accommodation at Kyambura Game Lodge.
Day 6: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK to BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Breakfast at the lodge, and an early departure (07h00) to the legendary Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax. Full Board accommodation at Mahogany Springs Lodge. The lodge provides bottled water/mineral water during all meals, and 01 glass of house wine, 01 bottle of local beer, or 01 soft drink is included at dinner.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park supports almost half of the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas. There are several forest trails during which you can find the stunning vegetation and more than 350 species of colourful birds and butterflies. Chimpanzees, and elephants are present, but may be hard to come across. It is easier to encounter small forest antelopes such as bushbucks and duikers. It is the only forest in the world in which chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist successfully.
During the stay at Bwindi, we recommend a visit to the Batwa, Uganda’s oldest living ethnic group. The hunter-gatherer community works together with the park authorities to preserve the forest and its wild animals, and each visit to Bwindi, and to their cultural villages supplements their income and discourages excessive bush meat hunting. The visit is extremely interesting and it is possible to spend an entire day learning about their lifestyle, including sharing their meals and joining in the rejuvenating cultural dances!
Day 7: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST – GORILLA TRACKING
Breakfast at the lodge, and drive to the park headquarters to prepare for the Gorilla Tracking experience. Return to the lodge. Full Board accommodation at Mahogany Springs Lodge. The lodge provides bottled water/mineral water during all meals, and 01 glass of house wine, 01 bottle of local beer, or 01 soft drink is included at dinner.
Day 8: FLY TO ENTEBBE AND DEPART
Breakfast at the lodge, and transfer to the Kihihi Airstrip for the scheduled flight to the Entebbe International Airport. Depart at 09h45 and arrive at approximately 11h25 (the flight sometimes make stops at other airstrips in the Bwindi area prior to arriving at Entebbe).
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