This 9 day Uganda safari will take you for a chimpanzee trekking tour to Kibale National Park. This is the main attraction of the park, and then you’ll continue on to Queen Elizabeth for game viewing and boat cruise ride. After Queen, you’ll visit Bwindi to come face to face with the mountain gorillas. You’ll be concluding this tour with a visit to Lake Mburo National Park where you’ll take a game drive and enjoy a boat lunch. Then return to Kampala.
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our safari guide who then will transfer you to your hotel of booking. He will brief you about the safari arrangements andthen transfers you to you’ Hotel in Kampala, leaves you to rest and re-energize till the following day.Overnight and dinner at;
After breakfast will transfer you to Kibale Forest National Park, the drive will take about 4 -5 hours. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Kibale where you will go fora nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland to see a variety of birds and monkey species. You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge.Overnight and dinner at;
Assemble at kanyankye river camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are considered the closest species to man, but they’re also among the most threatened primate species. Primates like L’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus, grey checked mangabey, red tailed monkey, bush babies along with bird like yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbelt green breasted pitta, black bee eater, the crowned eagle, and mammals like elephants can be spotted in the walking tour. The Kibale National Park averages about 3300 feet in elevation and is an extension of the Central African great rain forest into the eastern part. Three large communities of chimps inhabit the park, each group with more than 100 members. Each community has a complicated structure. The big adult’s 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 usually travel on the ground but being primarily fruit eaters, they mostly feed in trees. They coalesce into large groups when they find an abundant source of food, such as fruiting fig tree. Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for 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. In the afternoon we drive to queen Elizabeth, the game seen will depend on the season; thekasenyi plain are good for lion and the mweya peninsula for a variety of animals shift to queen Elizabeth national park this morning (about 3 hours driving )leaving through fort portal town you turn south and early this afternoon enter queen Elizabeth national park which is dominated on its northern border by the snow capped16000-foot Rwenzori mountains-the famed “mountains of the moon “this 767-square-mile conservation is bordered on the on the north east by lake George and on the south west by lake Edward ; its western border adjoins the zaiereparc Du Virunga .you will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda kob ,as well as topi, elephant andlion ,giant forest hog ,cape buffalo .there are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flaming flamingos reside seasonally, drive to the lodge leads through large expanses of savannah grasslands and plenty of wild game. Overnight and dinner at;
We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the kasenyi track in search of lions elephants solitarybuffaloes. This is considered as an optimal time to spot the big cats who come into the park owing to the vast population of Uganda kobs. You have a chance to spot about every animal at the closest range possible .return to thelodge for your breakfast, before heading out for a launch trip along the kazinga channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wild life up to close :hippo”s huff and channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle stork and many others.
After breakfast set off early with guides to track the gorillas. 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. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each encounter with the family provides a different experience and has its own rewards. You’ll get close to the adults feeding and grooming their young ones, and resting as the youngsters swing from the vines and branches in a delightful manner.
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 gorilla tracking in Bwindi. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before the highlighting of the trip. Gorilla trekking may last the entire day. We’ll trek through the rainforest and the slopes covered with bamboo fields in search of mountain gorilla family. The walking can at times be tough, challenging, and long. But once you get a glimpse of these elusive animals, especially the male silverback, any discomfort will dissipate. You can get close to like 6 meters from the gorilla family. You can sit around them for close to an hour and gaze straight into their big round eyes. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike .the gorilla excursion can take from 2 up 8 hours. You should expect muddy and steep conditions with rain clouds sometimes hovering above your head. A good physique is recommended for trekking. A maximum of an hour is allowed to spend with the gorilla family for conservation purposes. You’ll be briefed on how to behave with the gorillas by a ranger along the way. Overnight at your lodge of booking.
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 Sisonke /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. Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
You can choose to go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcanoes (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. Accommodation options available
Depart from the park in the morning Kigali and be transferred to the airport for your onward international flight you will be dropped off at Kigali Airport for your flight back home.
Given that Gorilla tracking involves a lot of walking on rough, mountainous terrain, a tracker is advised to:
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