You will be met on arrival by our representative for briefing and later you will be transferred to your hotel of booking as you wait for the start of your adventurous holiday the next day.
Following breakfast, we’ll check out from the hotel and drive to Kibale National Park. Along the way, you’ll come across excellent views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon, the Ruwenzori, and Kibale National Park. The elevation averages about 3,300 feet, and is an extension of Central African great rainforests . it is inhabited by three large communities of chimps , each numbering more than 100 individuals . Each community terraces a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family grouped .chimps tend to forage in small parties or even as individuals. They travel on the ground on their feet, but as they feed on fruits, they can be seen up in the trees. When they come across source of food in abundance, they typically coalesce into large groups. Usually, we’re able to track them by listening closely to their pant hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling,. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socializing with each other or even, occasionally, hunt.
Half day search of chimpanzee and 10 other primate including phoestes, red colobus, blue and red tailed grey cheeked mangabey. The guide will prove detailed explanations, not only on primates but also on all the forest fauna and, and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable . The walk along the trails is deemed excellent where you’ll get to view many bird life and primates at close quarters.
Either a day’s walk in the foothills of the Rwenzoris, one of the great mountain ranges of the world, looking out for its forbidding peaks in the distance, or drive straight to Queen Elizabeth. The game viewing experience will vary and depend on the season. The Kasenyi plains are good for spotting the lions, while the Mweya peninsula is for a variety of animals.
This morning, you’ll be shifted to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and the drive time will be about 3 hours. Leaving Fort Portal town behind, you take a tour southwards and enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. The 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountain which is famed as the “Mountians of the Moon,” dominate the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The conservation area which cover 767 square mile is bordered by Lake George on the north-west, by Lake Edward on the south-west, and by Virunga National Park on the western side. You can see the plains teeming with herds of impala-resembling Uganda kob, topi, elephant, giant forest hog, cape buffalo, with pride of lions preying on them. Inside the park, there exist numerous soda lakes which fill the volcanic calderas and are home to the seasonal flamingos. In the afternoon, you’ll take a game drive to the northern section of the park and visit the Baboon Cliff which is renowned for its excellent scenery of “The Mountain of the Moon,” The Rwenzoris. The drive to the lodge leads through large expanses of savannah grasslands and plenty of wild game
On fifth day, we’ll go for an early morning game drive in the northern section of the park following the Kasenyi Track in search of game animals like lions, elephants, buffaloes etc. Owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs, this is considered the best time to spot the big cats in action. You can see just about any animal from very close distance. Later along the Kazinga Channel, we’ll go for a lunch trip which will give us an opportunity to get further close with the animals. You can see hippos huffing and spraying meters away from the boat and buffalo lingering in the shallows. The shores of the channel accommodate an array of birdlife including the pink backed pelicans, malachite and pied kingfishers, saddle billed stork along with many others.
After breakfast we drive further south through stunning savanaah grasslands as we head to the southern sector of the park –ishasha, a remote and beautiful extension of queen Elizabeth national park that is host to a large varity of wildlife .(This fabulous area where we see the lions draped from the trees are seen nowhere in Africa. You stand a better chance of seeing these species in the low limbed fig tree of Ishasha).
After having your breakfast, you’ll set off to track the gorillas in the dense forest. The thrill that comes with having an encounter with the gorillas will ease any pain associated with the strenuous trek. As the park is wet, you should bring in jungle boots and rain jackets. After you come across a gorilla family, spend some time in awe as they go about their daily activities. Each encounter with the gorilla family is unique and has its own reward, but you’ll be likely to get close views of adults feeding, grooming their young ones and sometimes resting in harmony as the youngsters delightfully play and swing from the vines.
The forest of Bwindi Impenetrable is a magnificent green swathe of rainforest which is dense and has survived the last ice age. It was recently inducted into the World Heritage Sites list and among the most biologically diverse territories on earth. It’s unique and precious, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas – believed to number just 720. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together.
Time permitting, you should spend the afternoon exploring the lifestyle of the local people which live near the park on a community foot safari. You’ll return to the camp to relax and relieve and have a drink with your friends.
Today enjoy surely. After breakfast, you’ll receive a briefing in the morning about the highlight of the trip and then set off for gorilla trekking which may last the entire day. Through the rainforests and bamboo covered slopes, we’ll track the gorilla family. Walking in this environment can sometimes be tough and long with no guarantee of success. But once you spot the gorilla family and the male head of the group, the silverback, any discomfort will tangibly vanish. You can get as close as 6 meters from the gorilla family and sit around under the trees with them for a whole one hour and gaze into their big round eyes.
But it is difficult to foresee how long the journey will take as tracking the gorillas is unpredictable. The walks are mostly along the steep and muddy conditions, sometimes accompanied by mid-day shower. Thus a good physique is recommended and patience is required. For the sake of conservation, maximum of one hour is allowed to stay with the gorillas. How to behave when you’re near the gorilla family will be briefed to you by your tour guide.
While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 butterfly species, 51 reptile, 120 mammal species with 10 distinctive primates, and 88 moth species. The primates include chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, black and white colobus, baboon, red tailed and blue monkey, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is also a prime destination for spotting myriad of birdlife which is vivid and colourful. There are more than 350 bird species out of which seven are IUCN red data listed and comprise90% of the Albertine rift endemics. These endemics are not seen in any other part of East Africa.
After breakfast, drive to Rwanda as you enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known to Ruhengere via Musanze arriving in Kinigi. You can either take a nature walk with a guide from the park, learning about the flora and fauna of the forest. Alternatively, you could go on a short trek to search for one of the troops of golden monkeys which inhabit the forest (this would need to be pre-booked, and is an additional cost).Or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or, if you wish, you can visit the Iby'Iwachu Cultural Village, which will give you a fascinating insight into the traditions and history of Rwanda's people., or walk to Lake Bulera.
You can choose to go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Through the light mountain forest slopes of the Virungas, tracking the elusive gorillas is indeed a magical experience. If you come across a gorilla family, take the time and spend an hour with them. Then you’ll be taken back to the base for lunch. Some gorilla families inhabited in here are however even more elusive and it can take the whole day to track them, especially in the wet and muddy conditions.
Depart from the park in the afternoon to Kigali. You have a Kigali city tour today and visit the Genocide Memorial Museum before you transfer to the airport for your onward international flight. As part of the city tour, you’ll visit the old town, Nyamirambo, the Muslim quarter, new handicraft village along with other shops, the Gisozi Genocide Memoial, and the Batwa pottery and dance center. It will take us about two hours to reach the memorial which is thought-provoking and moving. It will be interesting to anyone who has spent some time in the country and looking to explore further. Afterwards you are transferred to the airport for your flight back home.